I first started using Generation UCAN Superstarch
sports drink , when I was ill. My family were looking for a health alternative to the standard sugar and caffeine based products on the market. My parents are the suppliers for the Superstarch in the UK.
My sport was swimming. Before I was ill I was knocking on the door of Nationals. My whole life was evolved round swimming - the early mornings, 5 meals a day, late evenings, sacrificing social life and parties all to go swimming.
Everything was on point for achieving really well. Being good young, but not too good so that I wouldn't burn out. We thought my nutrition was great following to the letter what my coaches told us. How wrong were we though, I lived on a typical high carb diet, which was heavy going on my system. I was continually having gastric issues, falling asleep in class, always hungry - how great is this right!
I soon became extremely ill for details if interested (http://www.generationucan.co.uk/the-uk-story) As a result my performance dropped, started missing training, struggled to train for 90 mins, which soon dropped down to an hour. Mentally I became depressed and loosing hope. My family looked for a solution for me and found Generation UCAN - I thought I had nothing to loose.
After the first time of trying this drink, my coach was amazed. She could not comprehend how much of a difference there was as completed the training session (21/2 hours), which I rarely did come this point. The cherry on the cake was that I could actually train and keep going. This wasn't just a one off either, I was making good habit of it.
The accumulative effect was that my swimming performance was steadily rising back up again. the greatest benefits I found was that I was able to keep my sport and passion. I never felt tired, I had greater recovery from sessions and my body changed by loosing unneeded body fat.
At Christmas I had to give up swimming as I have EDS-hypermobility and my spine started dislocating on a regular basis. I now go to the gym instead and specialise in Olympic weight lifting. I have also trained as a strength and conditioning coach and nutritionist.
From a coaches point of view the important benefit of using superstarch, is that the athlete can tolerate volume significantly greater, which in turn can be a key factor for performance increase.
When I was swimming I used and ill
1/2 scoop of UCAN 20mins before swimming
1/2 -1 scoop during swimming (depending on how hard and long the session was)
1/2 scoop after train
Spoonful of C8 oil
Training was normally 2 hours but sometimes 3hours. My reason for using so much superstarch compared to other people was due to my health being so poor (at worst I was on a liquid glucose based drink)
Once my health improved my amount of UCAN decreased to
1 scoop of UCAN for a 2 hour session splitin to
1/2 scoop before and 1/2 scoop during
The important thing with using Generation UCAN superstarch is that you need to find how it works best in your system.